Why I am leaving Facebook

By DAN MACLEOD  |  December 29, 2010

As a reporter, I am interested deeply in the daily happenings of my friends and neighbors. Facebook in the past has proven to be a great reporting tool. Friends' newsfeed posts have provided prime fodder for trend stories, reactions to major events, or even tips on crime stories. So cutting off another tool from my reporting arsenal is naturally kind of scary.

But the point of cutting the Facebook cord is to let go, to stop caring about what other people are saying and thinking 24 hours a day. To start being myself again and actually engage with the world once again. To love instead of like, as it were.

Besides, there's always Twitter. I'm @dsmacleod.

Dan MacLeod just moved from Portland to Brooklyn, to further alienate himself from friends and family.

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